Duckhouse Questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckluv, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. duckluv

    duckluv Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 20, 2010
    Ohio
    I was wondering if I could use the little tikes playhouse that I have as a duckhouse. If I can these are some more questions: Would I have to cover the holes (one in each window and one above the door) with anything other than chicken wire? What type of bedding should I use? I'm thinking about getting Welsh Harlequins. Would 4-6 of them fit in it? Thanks for your time. [​IMG]
     
  2. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    I would say it depends on if you need to close them in it at night or is your pen already preditor proof.

    I'm working on my bed house this weekend. I need to close mine up making it preditor proof since my duck pen is not.

    You can see mine here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=389442
     
  3. duckluv

    duckluv Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 20, 2010
    Ohio
    I think I'm going to free-range them during the day and I have not yet had a chance to build a pen so I think I'm going to lock them in at night.
     
  4. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Unless you have a real problem with predators or very cold winters, you don't really need a coop arrangement for ducks. They will happily puddle up under bushes in their pen, protected from the sky and things that fall from it. A simple wood shed or doghouse large enough for your flock works great, even.

    You can use the playhouse, but I gotta tell you, you're going to have a horrible time cleaning it - ducks are messy! 4 will fit fine in a playhouse, as long as the ladies all get along. If you have rivalries, that small of a space could be a problem. And yes, close in the windows with hardware cloth or similar if you have predators!

    I use orchard grass for duck pen bedding. They like it and it's easy to clean up after with a snow shovel. [​IMG]
     
  5. duckluv

    duckluv Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 20, 2010
    Ohio
    Thanks alot! [​IMG]
     

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